The year 2010 saw Gurgaon keep up to its image of a fast growing city with the announcement of several new development and commercial ventures but the police department had a tough time trying to match up to the expectations residents have from this Millennium City.
Looking back at the year as it nears its end, one can say that Gurgaon has emerged as a soft target for criminals and the inability of the police force to curb the rising cases is a major cause of worry.
Though figures claim that cases of robbery, snatching, burglary and dacoity came down this year as compared to 2009, increasing reports of murder, vehicle thefts and extortion cases have left residents feeling vulnerable and unsafe. Against 74 cases registered last year, 82 murders were reported from across Gurgaon till December 15 this time.
But what has left even the police in a tizzy is the spiralling increase of vehicle thefts. According to statistics, a car is stolen every three hours while the city witnesses one carjacking incident every week. This again raises a question mark on the efficiency of the police.
Till November 30 last year, 2,010 vehicle thefts were reported while the number touched 2,740 this year. “We have managed to control cases of robbery and snatching to an extent but motor vehicle thefts are on the rise,” Gurgaon police commissioner SS Deswal said.
According to experts, infrastructure in Gurgaon has not developed in accordance to the explosive growth in population, business and economy. “Though there is a shortage of manpower but even the available staff is not performing well enough,” said a former officer who did not wish to be identified.